Saturday, 4 May 2013

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Another national park and another Unesco site... I didn't realise that when I picked today's cards! This one is from the lovely Heather, she sent me two wonderful postcards from New Zealand and this is one of them.

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites.

Tongariro National Park was the fourth national park established in the world. The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park.

There are a number of Māori religious sites within the parkand the summits of Tongariro, including Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, are tapu (sacred). The park includes many towns around its boundary including Ohakune, Waiouru, Horopito, Pokaka, Erua, National Park Village, Whakapapa skifield and Turangi.

This is the main reason I picked this card.. Heather used a 'Hobbit' stamp!! I was so excited to receive this, yay!


Heather said...

You only got two NZ postcards!?!? I sent four...

Anu said...

Yes, I received two, both of this national park. I wonder what happened to the other two, then?! :( :(

It's a little weird, too, I arranged a swap with someone from New Zealand earlier this year, they received my card but I never received the one they sent to me. I hope my postman isn't stealing my mail from NZ :P :(